Zach Fittler: 10 Facts To Know About Brad Fittler's Son

Zach debuted for the Roosters' under-17 Harold Matthews team in February 2022. ( Source : Dailytelegraph )

Brad Fittler's son, Zach Fittler, has followed in his father's footsteps.

Zach debuted for the Roosters' under-17 Harold Matthews team in February 2022. Here are the ten facts about the young emerging player, Zach Fittler, who has already celebrated a 22-14 win over the Eels.

Zach Fittler Is In His Teenage

Born in 2006, Zach Fittler is 16 years old. In February, Zach kick-started his career for the Roosters' under-17 Harold Matthews team. It was during his father, Brad Fittler's 50th birthday. According to Brad, Zach was extremely excited and nervous about his debut.

Zach, who celebrated a 22-14 victory over the Eels, seems poised to carry on his father's legacy. The history of Brad's NRL career is extensive. He played 336 first-grade games and won premierships with the Panthers and Roosters.

Born in 2006, Zach Fittler, is 16 years old
Born in 2006, Zach Fittler, is 16 years old ( Source : wwos )

Throughout his playing career, Fittler served as the captain of the Australian squad at the Rugby League World Cup, which it won in 1995 and 2000, and New South Wales in the State of Origin. However, Brad acknowledges that despite coaching the Origin team to victories in three of the last four matches, he takes care not to over-inform his son.

Brad knows that Zach has his coaches and said that the hardest part of his day is probably not saying anything, even though there are many instances when he wants to.

Zach Is The Son Of Veteran Coach Brad Fittler

As we have established already, Zach Fittler is the son of the famed Australian coach Brad Fittler, aka Freddy. In addition to serving as the head coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team, Bradley Scott Fittler (born February 5, 1972) also serves as a pundit and a television host.

Fittler has coached Lebanon internationally and the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He has also coached the NSW City team. Brad is a former professional player recognized as one of Australia's best rugby league footballers during the first century. He led Australia and New South Wales, winning the Golden Boot in 2000.

Zach Fittler is the son of the famed Australian coach Brad Fittler, aka Freddy
Zach Fittler is the son of the famed Australian coach Brad Fittler, aka Freddy ( Source : dailytelegraph )

Additionally, he was inducted into the NSWRL Hall of Fame, held the third-most international caps for Australia, and was the most-capped New South Wales State of Origin player when he retired. Furthermore, Fittler was a team captain who led the Kangaroos to victory in the 1995 and 2000 Rugby League World Cup finals. He was also a member of the winning 1992 squad.

In addition, Fittler coached in the NRL from 2007 to 2009 for the Sydney Roosters and from 2012 to 2017 for the City New South Wales squad in the City vs Country match. Brad has also served as an international rugby league coach, working with the Lebanon national squad during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Zach Fittler Is Already As Tall As His Father

The young Zach is already as tall as his father, sporting a height of 186 cm (6 feet 1 inch). Similarly, he weighs 105 kg and seems destined to end up in the back row. Talking about his physical status, Brad stated, "He is bigger and stronger [than me], it happened a few years ago, so I'm used to being dominated at home."

Brad, Zach's father, was born in Auburn, Australia's New South Wales. He grew up with his two siblings, Nathan and Kathleen Fittler, Zach's uncle and aunt.

Brad Fittler is 186 cm (6 feet 1 inch) tall
Brad Fittler is 186 cm (6 feet 1 inch) tall ( Source : thechronicle )

Before moving to Cambridge Park in the Penrith JRL District, he played junior rugby league for several clubs in the Parramatta JRL District, including Sadleir Bulldogs, Dayments, Ashcroft Stallions, and Mt. Pritchard Community Club (Mounties). 

Moreover, Brad participated in the Australian Schoolboys team in 1988 and 1989 while attending Ashcroft High School, St. Dominic's College, and then McCarthy Catholic Senior High School Emu Plains.

Marie Liarris Is The Mother Of Zach Fittler

Zach Fittler is the son of Brad Fittler and Marie Liarris. Marie is a longtime partner of Brad, whom he married a long time ago in Greece. As per Brad, marrying Marie was a turning point in his life. She was his love at first sight, and the couple is now proud parents of two children. 

Marrie holds American citizenship and belongs to a caucasian ethnicity. She is a proud mother and a wife, living with her family in Terrey Hills. Marie's husband, Brad, received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for contributing to rugby league in Australia's position abroad.

The parents of Zach Fittler, Brad Fittler and Marie Liarris
The parents of Zach Fittler, Brad Fittler and Marie Liarris ( Source : smh )

He was included in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908-2007) in February 2008 as part of the NRL and ARL's celebration of the sport's 100th anniversary in Australia. Besides the games, Brad Fittler has also made his name in the media career. Brad began his digital career by co-hosting NRL Deluxe, a streaming video show that broadcasted on Mondays and Thursdays and was accessible via Bigpond TV.

Additionally, Brad appeared in two Telstra Next G TV commercials. Furthermore, he began working for the Nine Network in 2010. The veteran player and coach co-hosted The NRL Footy Show in 2010 and 2011. He also appeared in The NRL Rookie in 2016. Freddy is also an author, and a year after his retirement, in 2005, Fittler published his autobiography, "Freddy: The Brad Fittler Story."

Zach Fittler Has A Sister And A Step Sibling

Zach Fittler has a sister, Demi Fittler. Demi is 18 years old and was on the news a few months ago due to parking issues. The local council slapped Brad's eldest daughter with a fine after her Kia SUV with four-wheel drive was found illegally parked in a disabled place in February.

Fittler appeared in Waverly Local Court on Tuesday to contest the fine. The coach of the NSW Blues Origin team's eldest child admitted responsibility but told the court she was unaware the place was set out for drivers with disabilities.

Nevertheless, Demi is not the only sibling he has- Zach's father has an illegitimate son after a one-night stand. He was born out of wedlock after Brad had an affair in 1995. 

Brad has not visited the boy since 1996 and solely pays child support. He hopes the boy, already in his mid-twenties, lives in a stable environment and has a good life. Talking to The Sunday Telegraph, Brad spoke about his dark secret and the moment he learned he was a parent during his final year at Penrith in 1995.

Brad Fittler with his children, Zach (son) and Demi (daughter)
Brad Fittler with his children, Zach (son) and Demi (daughter) ( Source : playerswiki )

Brad was 23 years old back then. The woman with whom he had a one-night fling was also 23 years old, and they met while on vacation in Sussex Inlet, New South Wales. A year later, she showed up at his house holding a baby and told him, "You can hold your child. It's a boy."

Fittler also conducted a DNA examination proving that it was his offspring. Since then, Fittler has been paying child support that dates back to the boy's birth.

This is not the only controversy; Brad's name has been fiddled with. In 1999, Fittler was dubbed as "the drunkest human being ever" by a police source as he left off by a taxi driver on the front lawn of a Sydney police station after a night out. 

Moreover, in 2009, police were summoned to Townsville's Holiday Inn after two female guests reported a "creepy man" with a "hairy chest" with only shorts on trying to enter their room. Fittler was charged with a $10,000 fine. At 3:15 a.m., police discovered Fittler, who was still outside the room and was termed a "very inebriated" person.

The Net Worth Of Zach Fittler's Father Is Impressive

While Zach has already embarked on his sports journey, it will take time to amass a fortune and name like his father. The estimated net worth of Brad Fittler is 10 million USD.

The media is aware of an increase in origin payouts to $12,500 per game, and the third-party sponsorship agreements are raised to $150,000. As a rugby team mentor and former player, Brad earned a fair amount of his income.

Brad reportedly agreed to a nearly $3.25 million contract with the Sydney Roosters team in 2002. He made almost $800,000 in salary in 2006. In 2002, Brad invested $2.12 million in a house in the Northern Sydney Suburb, which he sold for $2.4 million.

The father of Zach Fittler, Brad Fittler has an impressive net worth of 10 million USD
The father of Zach Fittler, Brad Fittler has an impressive net worth of 10 million USD ( Source : dailytelegraph )

While attending McCarthy Catholic Senior High School in Sydney's western suburbs, Brad started playing rugby. The Rugby Player defeated the Canberra Raiders 18-14 in the 1990 Grand Final. After being chosen, he joined Australia for the 1990 Kangaroo Tour of the UK and France.

The test started when he became the tour's youngest player at Wembley Stadium in London. However, he was not allowed to participate because he insulted HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by addressing him as "Good day buddy."

Chris Anderson, the Roosters' coach, left the organization on July 9, 2007, just 48 hours after his team's second-worst loss- a 56-0 defeat against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Fittler took over as head coach starting in Round 18, initially for a brief period up until the end of the 2007 campaign. 

Fittler's coaching career made a significant leap forward on July 27, 2007. Melbourne Storm, the early favourites to win the Premiership, was upset by the Roosters 26-16, but not before scoring two late consolation tries.